Saudi-funded Islamic school in Virginia seeks expansion, meets protests

Protesters of the expansion of a Saudi government- funded Islamic school say they fear an increase in traffic in the area. But debates usually transform into hot discussions about the spread of radical Islam through the school.

The Islamic Saudi Academy is seeking to serve more students, and area residents are concerned. “I submit no Catholic textbook has anything near the venom and demonstrated incitement to murder as these Saudi textbooks,” one resident says.

One parent of a student of the academy says there are no problems with radicalism: “If we were breeding terrorists, you would be hearing about it from the students.”

However, the school does have problems. A former valedictorian is currently serving a life sentence for plotting to assassinate President Bush.

Islamic Academy in Virginia on Defensive

The Islamic Saudi Academy in Fairfax county has long been subject to scrutiny, especially after 9/11 and a few years later when one of the school’s class victorian’s admitted to having joined al-Qaida. The school, which has approximately 900 students, has been dubbed “Terror High by its most virulent critics and twelve US senators and a federal commission want it closed. Matthew Barakat reports.